It is the perfectly paced narrative arc and fully satisfying conclusion…that will guarantee it wide audience appeal.
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
Egan’s story…offers universal lessons about loyalty, persistence, and other character traits that make someone a real winner…It’s a homerun.
Christian Science Monitor
Egan’s picture books tend to be characterized as offbeat, and this one certainly qualifies, but the quirkiness doesn’t overwhelm a rewarding story of friendship, fulfilling one’s potential, and discovering one’s best self.
The expressions on Egan’s tubby George and Martha-like figures add tongue-in-cheek undertones to this tale of friendship surviving adversity…. This story will elicit chortles from young readers as well as an appreciation for the loyalty the differently talented buddies display.
-Parents’ Choice Silver Medal
-Irma Simonton Black Honor Award